WordCamp London 2019

I am super proud to be able to say that I am one of the organisers of WordCamp London 2019!

WordCamp London has always been such a special conference. Over the years I’ve attended, I’ve met so many great people and learnt so much. It is fantastic to have the opportunity to be able to give back in some small way.

This year’s WordCamp London will be held on 5th, 6th & 7th April 2019 at London’s Metropolitan University

But, What is WordCamp London?

If you are not aware, WordCamp London is a 3 day event held over a weekend for anyone with an interest in WordPress. It is described on the 2019.london.wordcamp.org website as:

WordCamp London (WCLDN) is a community volunteer organised WordPress event which has been running since 2013. It is aimed at anybody who uses, builds or simply has an interest in WordPress including bloggers, designers, developers and end-users. All levels of experience from beginners through to professionals and all ages are warmly welcomed.

What am I doing?

Mostly, I’ve been a part of the website team. I created the plane animation in the header and generally help keep things tidy by updating the CSS as content gets added to the site.

As well as this I’m the key person keeping an eye on the mobile solution that will be made available during the conference. Whether that’s the new PWA that WCEU are currently creating, the WordCamps App or changing the site configuration to show the schedule instead of the whole site (This is still to be determined). I will also be volunteering over the weekend as well.

Schedule

The schedule for the weekend has now been announced and it looks amazing! If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then there is still time!

Go and get a ticket for WordCamp London here!

Come and find me at WordCamp London 2015

If you fancy coming along to my talk, you can find me in the “developer” lightning track on the Sunday:¬†http://london.wordcamp.org/2015/schedule/

My talk will be a shorter version of the one I did for WordCamp Birmingham. Here is a quick overview:

Catering for WordPress

The catering / restaurant industry has very few tools to help them create / store recipes, plan menus and work out costings that can be shared with members of staff and other branches of a chain.

This talk will be a whistle stop tour of how WordPress was used to create an intranet for businesses in the restaurant / catering industry. Some of the features include help plan and budget dishes and menus, work out costings for bulk recipes down to individual portions and include other factors such as VAT and a variable gross profit.

I will be there all weekend (well from Saturday to Sunday) so whether you come and see my talk or not, please do say hello! ūüôā

Talks and workshops announced for WordCamp Birmingham – Updated

I will be pretty busy at WordCamp Birmingham in February because, as well as being part of the organising team, I will be giving a talk and running a workshop on theme development using Advanced Custom Fields.

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The organising team from left to right: Jonny Albut, Pauline Roche, Rachel McCollin, Me, Nathan Roberts. Photo by Drew Kirkland

If you are thinking of coming along to either, below is an outline of what I have planned:

 

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Talk: Catering for WordPress

A case study of how WordPress was used to create a recipe building / menu planning tool for the catering industry.

During this talk I will be covering how custom post types, custom taxonomies and custom fields were used to create an intranet system for the catering industry helping them to plan, manage and cost their menus. I will also discuss some of the challenges, pitfalls and where things worked well.

You will need a good understanding of PHP, advanced theme development and knowledge of jQuery for this talk.

Update: you can view the slides from my talk here: http://www.slideshare.net/kirstyburgoine/wcbham2015

 

Workshop in full swing

Workshop in full swing

Workshop: Using Advanced Custom Fields

Run in conjunction with Nathan Roberts from Studio A2 this workshop will take a look at the Advanced Custom Fields plugin from Elliot Condon and how to integrate it into your WordPress theme to add new functionality and options to build more complex, data driven websites.

This workshop assumes you are comfortable with WordPress theme development, PHP and possibly some jQuery as well. Ideally you will have a fresh local install of WordPress and the ACF plugin.

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Nathan and I working hard before our workshop on ACF (I’m sure he will thank me for using this one ~ grin!). Photo by Drew Kirkland

Earlybird tickets for the weekend have now sold out but you can still grab a ticket at the full price of £25 here: http://birminghamuk.wordcamp.org/2015/

Announcing WordCamp Birmingham 2015

If you design, develop, or manage websites using WordPress then you will want to be at this. A whole weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to¬†WordPress! And, as one of the core organising team I can say that it is¬†definitely going to be¬†much fun. ūüôā

No matter whether you are beginner and what to learn how to blog effectively, set up your own site or perhaps dig into some more advanced theme development techniques, there will be something for you.

If you have never been to a WordCamp before then you are in for a real treat. As well as awesome, insightful talks from very talented folk, it is the perfect opportunity to get to know the UK WordPress community a little better. There are some truly awesome people, doing some amazing things with WordPress in the UK.

Early bird tickets are only £15 for the whole weekend, including a social the Friday night and mid conference party Saturday night too. You can find out more and purchase tickets at: http://birminghamuk.wordcamp.org/2015/